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    48th OET Annual State-Roundup a Success

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    March 18, 2018
    The 90 OET members who attended the 2018 Roundup participated by visiting with fellow OET members, eating good food, voting on their favorite Chapter display, witnessing new officers swearing to serve in the best of their ability, and watching volunteers receive certificates and pins to recognize their service.

    Three presentations included a wide variety of topics.
    1. Jurgen Hess presented a slide show “A Photographer Shoots the Eagle Creek Fire”
    2. Natalie Shaw presented her recent studies on equine nutrition
    3. Kim McCarrel and Stacy Livermore presented an interactive approach to “How to Communicate About Trails to Agencies/Politicians.”

    All this was in addition to several rounds of raffle drawings, a game of Manes & Tails, and a Silent Auction.  Our Mt. Hood Chapter offered to help raise funds at our Annual OET Roundup. Colene Everett volunteered to be our Team Leader, along with Diane Treat. They assembled a trusty crew to run the raffle and silent auction. Valerie Lantz and Jenny Hill helped us out with suggestions and information.

    Chapters helped out by bringing a record number of items, including Vern Wieble’s Western Saddle. Several chapters drove vehicles packed with prizes donated by members who have retired from riding.  Volunteers kept putting up extra tables and helping members sort and price items. Seven tables were packed with raffle items, and six tables loaded with silent auction items. Plus, there were ten prints/photos/paintings along the wall and a quilt. Most everyone took home prizes from the raffle and Silent Auction.Linda and Bunny sold almost 1,000 raffle tickets to 80 members for a total of $920. The silent auction roped in $1,890, bringing the total money raised to $2,810.

    Thanks to all of our generous members and chapters for bringing so many prizes, and then buying them!  At the back of the room, Jenny Hill had copies of the new edition of the OET Guidebook to review. Kim McCarrel trail books were for sale too. Mary DeVall sold OET merchandise at 40 and 50% discounts. More sweatshirts were sold due to no heat available due to a furnace breakdown – a real test for our
    camping skills.

    By Valerie Lantz (VP of Marketing) and Barb Adams (Mt. Hood)

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